Spagnuolo said Hines was a player who “kind of runs the show.”
“I’m a physical guy. I like to impose my will on my opponents,” Hines said.
The Rams traded down with the Falcons in the fifth round, swapping picks and ending up with three seventh-rounders. Devaney said in the later rounds there’s not that much difference in player quality so stockpiling could be a plus, and added the team got the player it wanted later in the fifth anyway.
St. Louis took Baylor cornerback Mikail Baker earlier in the seventh, then finished with outside linebacker Jabara Williams of Stephen F. Austin and safety Jonathan Nelson of Oklahoma on consecutive picks. The Rams used most of their 10-minute allotment before winding up their selections on Saturday.
“When we get down to this point, you’re looking at developmental guys,” Devaney said.